Schugtown Store Robbed

1936

( The date or the name of the paper was not on the clipping )

Donated by Danny McDaniel

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Danny Mac

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NO MOTIVE IS ADVANCED FOR ACT OF FELON

KIDNAPER , CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT HERE , BEGS FELLOW INMATE TO AMPUTATE OTHER HAND

LOSES MUCH BLOOD

USES FIRE TRUCK AXE TO WHACK OFF LEFT HAND

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SAN FRANCISCO - RUFE PERSFUL , ARKANSAS KIDNAPER AND ROBBER , CHOPPED OFF HIS LEFT HAND WITH AN AXE AND THEN BEGGED A FELLOW PRISONER AT ALCATRAZ TO CHOP OFF HIS OTHER HAND. IT WAS REVEALED TODAY .

WARDEN JAMES JOHNSTON SAID HE DID NOT KNOW WHY PERSFUL INJURED HIMSELF . THE OTHER PRISONER REFUSED TO USE THE AXE . PRISON OFFICIALS TOOK PERSFUL TO THE PRISON HOSPITAL , JOHNSTON SAID.

PERSFUL GRABBED THE AXE FROM THE PRISON FIRE TRUCK .

WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT WAS AN ACT OF EXHIBITIONISM OR WHETHER PERSFUL HAD SOME OTHER REASON , WARDEN JOHNSTON SAID.

PERSFUL WHILE WALKING IN THE YARD SEIZED A FIRE AXE FROM THE PRISON FIRE TRUCK AS IT PASSED BY. HE RAN TO A NEARBY WOODEN BLACK , PLACED HIS LEFT HAND ON IT WITH HIS RIGHT HAND BROUGHT THE EDGE DOWN SEVERING THE HAND JUST ABOVE THE KNUCKLES WITH ONE BLOW.

THEN WHILE THE BLOOD WAS SPURTING FROM HIS ARM HE ASKED ANOTHER PRISONER TO CUTT OFF HIS RIGHT HAND . THE MAN REFUSED.

WARDEN JOHNSTON SAID PERSFUL'S CONDITION WAS SATISFACTORY.

THE ARM DRAINED WELL AND NO INFECTION HAS SET IN ,THE WARDEN REPORTED.

PERSFUL ENTERED ALCATRAZ PRISON IN 1936 AFTER A TERRORISTIC CAREER AS A ABDUCTOR AND ROBBER IN ARKANSAS AND OTHER SOUTHERN AND WESTERN STATES.

PERSFUL SENTENCED IN COURT HERE

ABOVE - RUFE PERSFUL

PERSFUL WAS CONVICTED IN STATES DISTRICT COURT HERE IN 1936 AND SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KIDNAPING A NIGHTWATCHMAN AT SCHUGTOWN IN EASTERN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY .

PERSFUL AND HIS COMPANION , RILEY GUNN , TRANSPORTED TWO MEN , KIDNAPED WHILE THEY ROBBED THE SCHUG BROTHERS , STORE SAFE OF $ 1,000 ACROSS THE STATE LINE INTO MISSOURI. THEY LATER WERE CAUGHT AT OSCEOLA.

A NUMBER OF ROBBERIES , KIDNAPINGS AND MURDERS WERE CHARGED AGAINST THE PAIR AND ONE OF THEIR COMPANIONS WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN A SERVICE STATION HOLD-UP NEAR SILOAM SPRINGS . THEY ARE STILL UNDER INDICTMENT AT FORT SMITH FOR ROBBERY , KIDNAPING AND MURDER.

PERSFUL WAS REGARDED BY OFFICERS IN THIS SECTION AS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OF THIS ERA AND WHILE HE WAS IN THE CRAIGHEAD COUNTY JAIL HERE A SPECIAL GUARD WAS INAUGURATED.